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Issue 1: France From An Outsiders Perspective...

The Garden of Claude Monet

As someone who has always been interested in art and design, travelling to Giverny to see Claude Monet’s house and gardens was a very spectacular memory. In this very special, very tranquil place, he managed to keep and showcase so many colours, shapes, textures and varieties of plants that you can never simply look at one thing. That is why this poppy photograph does not do justice to the vast and impressive gardens that inspired so many impressive and famous works.

Seeing the water lilies in person was a magnificent experience. After studying that series and seeing the paintings, seeing the actual inspiration for ones self in an indescribable feeling that only someone from the art and design world will understand. There is however, a strong sense of gratitude for the allowance of this experience as you are quite simply humbled just to be able to look and see.

The poppy’s within his garden at the time we were there were simply beautiful. The range of colours available was breathtaking and each stage of the poppy’s life could be seen, from the first buds, to the blooming of the flower, to the little stalk left as the petals have drifted away. From dark purples, to bright and happy yellows, the fields of poppy’s were simply and unforgettable experience.

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